F. Scott Fitzgerald shows many themes in his novel The Great Gatsby. One of the themes presented is the person’s social status or class. The theme is given by showing whether the person is rich or poor based on the color of what they wear or drive. This motif provides information about the social class of each character by using colors to show what classification they are a part of. The motif is yellow/gold because it represents money and wealth throughout the novel. Another motif could be white because it represents purity, cleanliness, and honor.
Many motifs are used in The Great Gatsby.
The motif gold would be best used to represent the social class or personality of one’s character.
Daisy, the “Golden Girl”, Nick said,” …show more content…
Sometimes the gold at
Gatsby's house turns to yellow. Thus the richness is only a cover, a short sensation, like the
Fleck yellow press for the more offensively sensational press. "Now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music" (p. 42).
The motif white would be used to portray the class or qualities of the being. When Nick
Carraway visited the Buchanan’s he met two young women, of course Daisy and Jordan "They were both in white" (p. 13) Daisy's car (back before she was married) was white. Daisy is routinely linked with the color white (white dress, white flowers, white car, and so on). Daisy is a type of white flower, white represents purity and innocence. Although Fitzgerald carefully builds Daisy's character with associations of light, purity, and innocence, when all is said and done, she is the opposite relation from what she presents herself to be.
The vast different colors provided in The Great Gatsby show the characteristic and social class of each character. The motif could be used as clothes they wear, cars they drive, or the name that they have. Fitzgerald uses the theme social class by using the motif gold, yellow, and white. This motif could be used by every character in the